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Ballade Of The Nocturnal Commune / Extra Time Meltdown (Jazz Poetry SuperJam #2)
Gearbox Records GB1519 7” vinyl single
Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues
(Jazz Poetry SuperJam #3)Gearbox Records GB1520 12” 180gm vinyl LP
Half a century on from the beginnings of his public & jazz poetry mission with ‘Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead’ et al, Michael Horovitz is as active and inspirational as ever, composing & performing new poetry, songs & music, publishing New Departures anthologies and staging multimedia events.
On both the LP Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues and the single Ballade Of The Nocturnal Commune / Extra Time Meltdown, Michael is accompanied in the studio by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller.
The tracks were recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studio and Damon Albarn’s Studio 13, then mixed at Studio 13. They are released for Record Store Day alongside ‘Blues For The Hitchiking Dead’, and prove that musicians and poets go on mixing it up, blowing minds and spreading their wordsound to new generations with a dynamic and avant garde soundscape.
Paul Weller found that: “…It was my absolute pleasure to work in these recordings with Michael. Damon and Graham. I am a big fan of all three of these artists and just to be so free with all the music and ideas was a real buzz. A lot of fun and no egos in the way. Fabulous. The end results are amongst some of the best things I’ve ever worked on”.
Michael Horovitz was delighted that “… Paul & Damon, long standing comrades in personal and artistic collaborations, were both equally enthusiastic about the prospect of jamming with one another, Graham and myself. They had not ever played together before. Graham and Paul had dug one another, and Graham is featured on Paul’s recent ‘Sonik Kicks’ album – which also included the text of my ‘Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues’ which Paul had commissioned me to write. So I stretched out in free form rhapsodies with the entire Paul Weller story in mind. When it came to the recording of this, along with my rural songpoem ‘Ballade Of The Nocturnal Commune’, and the more polemical off-cut from Bankbusted, ‘Extra Time Meltdown’, the three of them connected with the verse and each others’ responses to my performance of it with scintillating flights of harmony, dissonance and poetic improvisations way beyond even my fondest hopes of co-warbled woodnotes wild”.
Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon added “We have adored the whole process of making this record.”